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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in thailand have received their first food and medical treatment for 10 days. this is still a huge operation with large numbers of people coming in to help an operation which has achieved a remarkable success, but still doesn't have an answer as to how they are going to get those boys out of the caves. i'm olly foster in moscow where the quarter—final lineup is now complete, england taking their place in the last eight with a penalty shootout win against colombia. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: former malaysian prime minister najib razak is due to be charged in the next few hours under anti—corru ption laws. fears of a crackdown on press freedom in pakistan with just weeks to go until the election. good morning. it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london and 6am in chiang rai, thailand, where rescuers in thailand are trying to work out how to free 12 boys and their football coach
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from the flooded caves where they've been trapped for more than 10 days. divers have been searching the complex cave network in northern thailand, working in difficult conditions where some sections are said to be too narrow for even scuba tanks to be worn. but there's no easy way to get them out. they will either have to learn to swim out using diving equipment or stay there for weeks, maybe months, until the floodwaters recede. our correspondent jonathan head reports. there's a renewed sense of mission here now. for the first time in ten days, they know where the boys are, and they know they are alive. a co nsta nt and they know they are alive. a constant flow of divers moves in and out of the caves. they are stalking food and equipment underground, preparing for what could be a long difficult rescue. the boys were all members of the football team coached
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by noparat kentawong. it was his assistant who went with them that day. translation: in my heart, all i could think about for the last nine days was, is there anyway, is there anyone who can somehow get those quys anyone who can somehow get those guys out? it felt two british divers to rescue them. this extraordinary video captures the momentjohn volanthen and rick sta nton the momentjohn volanthen and rick sta nto n saw the momentjohn volanthen and rick stanton saw the missing children perched on a muddy ledge above the water. they left them promising more help. today the children were visited by thai navy divers and had their first food and medical treatment. they are said to be in surprisingly good health. the two british men are among the world's most experienced
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and daring cave divers, a highly specialised field. in 2004, they made a record—breaking exploration of wookee hole in somerset, reaching new depths. theirfriend of wookee hole in somerset, reaching new depths. their friend and photographer, martyn farr, talked about their achievement in thailand. you can't help but feel emotional about it now. then, wow, you think, this is fantastic. those boys, after nine, ten days underground, and now they've got the best guys there are. sojohn they've got the best guys there are. so john and rick, they've got the best guys there are. sojohn and rick, you know, they are calm, they are very connected, they are very organised, extremely disciplined, and consummate professionals. it's not clear yet how the boys can be brought out. the thai authorities are pumping as much water as they can from the caves, but more rain is on the way.
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as we've seen, the cave network that the boys are trapped in makes the rescue mission particularly complicated. our science correspondent, victoria gill, has been considering the options for getting them out safely. what was meant to be an adventure has become an international rescue mission. and what's not yet clear is just how that mission, to bring the 12 boys and their football coach safely to the surface, will be carried out. when the team walked into the entrance of the cave system on the 23rd ofjune, it was dry, but sudden, heavy rainfall flooded unblocked narrow passageways. as their route to higher ground narrowed, they abandoned bikes and rucksacks. this is where british cave divers first reach them, two and a half miles from the entrance to the cave network. two options are
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being considered for their rescue, pumping water out of flooded passageways, and teaching the boys to scu ba—diving passageways, and teaching the boys to scuba—diving their passageways, and teaching the boys to scu ba—diving their way passageways, and teaching the boys to scuba—diving their way out, and extremely risky swim through tight spaces and low visibility. a third option is waiting for water levels to subside, which at the start of the rainy season could take months. with even more heavy rain expected in the coming days, rescuers will have to decide on the best way out. also this hour: the indian government has asked whatsapp to take action to prevent false texts and provocative content that have led to a series of lynchings. false messages and videos about child abductors on the messaging service have led to at least 15 people being killed. india is whatsapp's biggest market with more than 200 million users. human rights investigators in nicaragua say at least 18 people have been killed in the past week. they say opposition activists have been subjected to systematic violence and arbitrary detention resulting in nearly 300 deaths. protests against president ortega's government began in april.
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private emails sent and received by google mail users can sometimes be read by staff at third—party app developers. gmail said only companies that had been vetted could access messages. and only if users had "explicitly granted permission to access email". let's catch up on all the tennis action, and maria sharapova suffered her first opening round wimbledon defeat, and 2014 winner petra kvitova was beaten by world number 50 aliaksandra sasnovich. and two—time men's champion rafael nadal and three—time winner novak djokovic eased into the second round. more on all the action from wimbledon coming up in sport today. within the next couple of hours, former malaysian prime minister najib razak is expected to be charged with corruption offences. mr najib was arrested on tuesday over allegations he pocketed hundreds of millions of dollars
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from the state development fund 1mdb. he has been under investigation since his shock election loss in may. earlier, he tweeted a video in which he urged malaysians not to believe all the allegations against him. let's take a look. in the video, set over sad music and images of him praying, meeting his mother, and the raid at his home, the former prime minister admits that there had been weaknesses and apologises. he says: "yes, i am not perfect, like any normal person. but believe that, of what i and my family are accused of, not all is true." earlier i asked malaysian political analyst kean wong how this situation had arisen. well, of course it stems entirely at
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this stage from the huge scandal that we now refer to as the 1mdb wealth fund scandal, and according to the statement that was issued by the 1mdb task force, which consists of— the 1mdb task force, which consists of — including the current and previous anticorru ption of — including the current and previous anticorruption commission chiefs, it has to do with a subsidiary of 1mdb called src. this has to do with allegedly billions of dollars of misplaced money, or a heist that i think most malaysians still find incredible, and find very difficult to forgive, who they see as the main culprit, which is this former prime minister. and so the news over the last few weeks has been shocking. we've seen images of his homes linked to him being
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raided, expensive handbags, jewellery to the tune of some $270 million billion recovered. so how have people in malaysia in reacting to this? i think a lot of malaysians that i know, certainly across social media, in person, even across the campaign trail across the country when i was covering the historic collections recently, find that the prime minister, the former prime minister, najib razak, was so disconnected from what many of them feel was their reality, and also making all sorts of statements which didn't connect with the reality on the ground. and i think this really just nearly adds more outraged for them. right, so, in terms of outrage for them, we are going to have a
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judicial process next. do you expect this to be a fair trial? what can we expect to see in the next few weeks? if we were to take the new government of riza —— mohatir version two serious, we are looking for the judiciary version two serious, we are looking for thejudiciary to show version two serious, we are looking for the judiciary to show its independence, and i think to assume that the new government prosecution on this case will have it fairly watertight, and perhaps that's why they are going after imdb subsidiaries like src, possibly to secure a conviction. now to the world cup and england have gone through to the quarterfinals beating colombia 4—3 on penalties. in a nailbiting finish.
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the swedes earlier beat switzerland by a goal to nil. olly foster is in moscow — he told me the latest. as you know, england have been haunted for decades with memories of sales penalty shootouts. they'd never won one in three at world cups, this therefore the against colombia. harry kane had given them the lead in normal time, but colombia equalled in injury time. it went to extra time, and then those dreaded penalties, and wejust thought that — welcome that it's going to be the same old story, especially when jordan henderson going to be the same old story, especially whenjordan henderson had his penalty saves, but then colombia missed their next two, notjust missed their next two, notjust missed them, butjordan pickford with a wonderful save, and it all went down to eric dyer, the totte n ha m went down to eric dyer, the tottenham man, and he was ice cool. england have been ratcheting penalties and it really showed when he came to take his, and there was
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an outpouring of joy he came to take his, and there was an outpouring ofjoy and emotion, the biggest bundle you will ever see ona the biggest bundle you will ever see on a football pitch. the colombians we re on a football pitch. the colombians were distraught. the colombians were really practising some of the dark arts. they picked up a lot of yellow cards as they unsettled england, but england just about the deserving winners. but wejust england just about the deserving winners. but we just wish it hadn't gone to penalties. but now it goes toa gone to penalties. but now it goes to a quarter—final, theirfirst in 12 years. they've got the swedes on saturday, and if you want me to shred your nerves a little bit morecambe england, on the soft side of the draw, two matches away from a world cup final — how about that? so exciting! a word about sweden and switzerland, an interesting one as well, a cluster hadn't been quite common for these two to meet in a drawer like this. they'd never met before in a major championship, which was amazing, wasn't it? it was this deflected goal in the second half, not the greatest match for the last 16, but
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i think it compares badly because, over the last four days, we have seen some over the last four days, we have seen some of the great matches at the world cup. this world cup has been amazing. i know it's a common theme every four years to say, my word, this is the best world cup we've seen, but some of those shocks, germany going out, not even in the last 16. the first match, france knocking out argentina 4—3, four penalty shootouts, finally england winning one of theirs that the world cup. we have two rest days now. i'm going to need them, the players will need them. it's going to be quite a quarter—final lineup. you're watching newsday from singapore and london. still to come on the programme: we meet a man on a mission, using his bamboo bike to promote his home town around the world. china marked its first day of rule in hong kong with a series of spectacular celebrations.
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a huge firework display was held in the former colony. the chinese president, jiang zemin, said unification was the start of a new era for hong kong. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly, that was cloned in a laboratory using a cell from another sheep. for the first time in 20 years, russian and american spacecraft have docked in orbit, at the start of a new era of cooperation in space. challenger powered past the bishop rock lighthouse at almost 50 knots, shattering a record that had stood for 34 years. and there was no hiding the sheer elation of richard branson and his crew. this is newsday on the bbc.
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i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories: 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in thailand have received their first food and medical treatment for ten days. former malaysian prime minister najib razak is due to be charged in the next few hours under anti—corru ption laws. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the china daily covers the rescue of the 12 boys trapped in a flooded thailand cave, showing a picture of elated family members after discovering the boys are alive. it also reports that chinese rescuers are among those who have dived into the cave to deliver supplies. here in singapore, the strait times leads with the arrest of former malaysian prime minister najib razak.
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—— here in singapore, the straits times leads with the arrest of former malaysian prime minister najib razak. a source at the malaysian anti—corruption commission has told the paper he could face 20 years injail if convicted. and the japan times leads on what it calls a "heartbreaking but satisfying" world cup. the nation's team lost to belgium 3—2 in the 94th minute of its knockout game. that brings you up to date with some of the papers. now, babita, what stories are sparking discussions online? the heartbreak about japan. the heartbreak aboutjapan. it the heartbreak about japan. it can bea the heartbreak about japan. it can be a brutal game. it can also be perilous for those proclaiming the know it all when it comes to predicting match results. well, japan's psychic octopus, rabio, had correctly predicted all of the country's world cup results, until last night whenjapan was knocked out of the tournament by belgium. the exit of the blue samurais was a bad omen for rabio, who has since been killed and turned into sashimi. yeah.
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let's return to our top story, the mission to rescue 12 boys and their football coach, found alive deep within flooded caves in thailand. edd sorenson, a cave diving expert based in florida with nearly 30 years' experience, explained how difficult the rescue will be. i'm working on what information i have, i'm not there, they have a great team on the ground there, rick and his team, fantastic prizes. i, you know, iapplaud and his team, fantastic prizes. i, you know, i applaud them for an amazing, you know, daring job that they did in finding the boys but there are just so many hazard there, s0 there are just so many hazard there, so far back, high flow, low visibility, it is probably some of the worst things and the fact that none of these boys are diving certified and cave diving is a com pletely certified and cave diving is a completely different animal from
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just open water diving. is that what it will take so long? some people we re it will take so long? some people were saying it could take up to four months. is that a fair estimate of time? well, there again, i am not there, we were standing by, rick got there, we were standing by, rick got there and did a fantasticjob. it just... it is hard to say without knowing how long the water filled passages are, the result of inherent dangers. i think the long—time sta nce dangers. i think the long—time stance was basically waiting out for the water to subside which could be one of the safer ways to go. i'm not going to speculate on that. sure. if the boys, as you said earlier, a needing to learn the skills to dive, oui’ needing to learn the skills to dive, our advanced with their diving need to be and how long we take in itself? —— would it take. to be and how long we take in itself? -- would it take. teaching
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them to breathe the regulator is not a huge undertaking. don't have to learn all of the ins and outs of diving. the main thing is could they stay: in an overhead environment and then could they stay calm in a zero visibility environment and could they stay calm in a zero visibility high flow overhead environment. it is pretty risky undertaking. pakistan will hold general elections later this month amid concerns that the army is cracking down on press freedom in an effort to influence the result. the military denies interfering in politics but one of the country's oldest newspapers has seen its distribution severely disrupted. secunder kermani reports. it is five atm and tens of thousands of newspapers are on their way from market like this to homes and offices across tatarstan. for over a month though the country's most
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established english—language paper dawn has been unofficially banned from a number of districts controlled by the pakistani military. it began when they published an interview with the former prime minister. apparently criticising the army for interfering in politics and not doing more to tackle militant groups. many in tata rsta n tackle militant groups. many in tatarstan believed that the problems being faced by dawn are part of a wider clampdown on press freedom ahead of the elections. they say the country's military is trying to manipulate the result before the voting has even started. we have something like 650 complaints across the country of people who are not receiving dawn, despite their insistence, because their distributors want to deliver it but they are being physically obstructed by the military. this is the ceo of dawn and also head of the old pakistani newspaper society. what is occurring in fact is the decapitation of the political class,
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of political leadership, on the eve of political leadership, on the eve of the elections. media is required to be silent about it under the guise of national security. and as a consequence, we are being targeted because we don't believe that kind of violence is what this country is all about. last year, former prime minister why sharif was disqualified from office. he is now on trialfor corruption. sharif‘s supporters and many corruption. sharif‘s supporters and ma ny a nalysts corruption. sharif‘s supporters and many analysts say his rivals military forced from power using the courts as a military forced from power using the coui’ls as a cover. military forced from power using the courts as a cover. the army denies that but the journalist being targeted others critical of the military. earlier this year, the news was taken off air in large parts of pakistani reappearing after reportedly agreeing to change its editorial staff. before stance. at
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the dawn newspaper offices, they are still printing copies, still reporting as before. but with just over three weeks until the elections, many in pakistan are nervous about what lies ahead. from construction to medicine, bamboo is used for many purposes, but one cyclist has found a particularly unique use for it. yakuza solo has travelled to more than 20 countries on a bamboo bicycle, and it's all in the name of promoting his home town in the remote indian state of nagaland. rock music plays. people go crazy! like when they see the bamboo bicycle for the first time, they have said i have never
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seen time, they have said i have never seen this thing! and they love to ta ke p hotos seen this thing! and they love to take photos of the bamboo bicycle first. kyrgios people come up and asked me what is this? and i say this is bamboo. and where is it made? it is a self—made icicle, maybe nagaland, you know? you may ask me where is nagaland? in the north—east of england —— india, a small state, and it gives me an opportunity to talk about nagaland and our culture and about nagaland and our culture and about things we eat. i started my journey i started myjourney from nagaland, went straight to amsterdam, travel the length and breadth of europe. i'm taking nagaland to the rest of
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the world because of so many reasons. it is a beautiful place. people are beautiful here. we have rich culture and traditions. and it is rich at heart. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. we'll have more on malaysia's former prime minister najib razak‘s arrest and that investigation involving billions of dollars diverted from a state investment funds. —— from a state investment fund. and before we go, as we've been reporting, england have beaten colombia in the world cup. and if you thought the bbc newsroom was all about seriousness, listen to the reaction to the final goal while our colleague ros atkins was on air. and we are now in a situation where if england score this goal which i would love to show you that we do not have the rights, they are
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through. cheering and applause. i think that means that we are through. general pandemonium, and thatis through. general pandemonium, and that is just in the bbc newsroom. yes, that was asked! —— us. all of the action of what happened in moscow coming up shortly. see you soon. hello there. the weather story across the uk, it has been dull and boring of late, we had to go to the football to some excitement. yesterday, a cloud in the sky again much of the country as depicted by north wales but some subtle differences as we go through the day today. a little more cloud around for many of us and there may even be chance of a shower. why? the high pressure is just weakening chance of a shower. why? the high pressure isjust weakening its chance of a shower. why? the high pressure is just weakening its grip a little and it is allowing this plume of showery rain to push up on
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the south—west. very hit and miss and not everywhere will see them but the risk of a few of those and at the risk of a few of those and at the same time the north—easterly breeze will drag in more cloud across northern england and eastern england throughout the day. here, that could have an effect of this field the temperature but that is look at these showers, circulating around the south—west area, we may see one or two pushing up into southern england as well. that could be pretty tricky if you are heading off to wimbledon. there is a small chance, only small, of catching a shower but it is certainly worth bearing in mind. i suspect there will be more cloud around and that for some of you may come as welcome news. this is cloudy skies overhead at wimbledon, just an outside chance ofa at wimbledon, just an outside chance of a shallow, perhaps this is over reading it a little, you would be unlucky if you catch one but it is worth bearing in mind, particularly in comparison to the weather we have seen in comparison to the weather we have seen of late. in terms of the feel of things, despite a little more cloud and the risk of a shallow,
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temperatures are above the average for this time of year. look at this, as we move out of wednesday into thursday, we have a weather front showing its hand in the far north—west, this will be interesting because not much in the way of rain but it will introduce a wind direction from a north—west and behind it, something fresh. certainly on thursday more cloud for northern ireland and much of scotla nd northern ireland and much of scotland and a noticeable difference here to the feel of the weather. further south and east, the walls and we lose the risk of beef shower soap temperatures will respond back up soap temperatures will respond back up to 29.29 as soap temperatures will respond back up to 29. 29 as opposed to 15 soap temperatures will respond back up to 29.29 as opposed to 15 or 19 in the far north—west. the weather front will drift out of the way and then high pressure building again from the south—west so things are going to quieten down as we move towards the weekend and if you do not believe me, let's have a look at the weekend story. friday in saturday, temperatures building and the sunshine set to return, highs of
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29- 30. the sunshine set to return, highs of 29— 30. take care. i'm babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story: food and medical supplies have been sent into the cave complex in thailand where 12 boys and their football coach have been trapped for ten days. a doctor and nurse were among a group of divers who have reached the group, which was cut off by rising floodwaters. the authorities say they will not risk the boys' safety with a hasty evacuation. the former malaysians prime minister is expected to be charged in the next few hours following the loss of billions of dollars from the investment fund imdb. england are through to the world cup quarter finals for the first time since 2006. they beat colombia 4—3 on penalties. they'll face sweden on saturday at the samara arena. that's all. stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news, it's hardtalk.
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